Monday, August 17, 2009

Block Party !!!

And of course summer is the perfect time for a "block party". I'm here to report that my "block" had its annual block party,sponsored by management, last Thursday evening. Despite rain and a thunderstorm, we moved everything but the grill into a vacant garage and partied anyway. In our 16 unit neighborhood, one remains empty. Hopefully we will soon have a new neighbor living there. In the meantime, I've been having a block party of my own, every day! I purchased 4 little bundles of Barbie fabrics(FQs) from Carol E. of Giraffe Dreams. They had been donated to a fund raising effort. Blogging friends had a chance to purchase some of them. I took the last 4.
 Having exactly 1 yard of each it wasn't too hard to come up with a pattern. We can add this top to the very short list of quilts I've made that WEREN'T scrappy. I had a block party and got the blocks made and sewn together. It's 49" X 52" top and I do have some scraps left. I may add a row of 2.5" squares across the top to get them used and make it longer.
 I also, in my marathon block party mode, got all the blocks made from these fun fabric I received last year from Cher of Marathon Quilter. I've been liking the way this block looks, so I cut Cher's fabrics into 4.5" and 2.5" pieces and went to work! Only later did I discover that this "look" is the result of the "Disappearing 9 patch" block. That WOULD have been a whole lot easier than how I did it!! Live and learn. It will be a fun top very soon.
 And along with all the other block party happenings, I whipped up more of these string blocks. I showed a top,about a month ago, that looks like these. I made it the normal snuggle size, but liked it so much I'm making more and it will become a new bed quilt for the youngest DS.
The purple paisley latticed top in currently under the needle on the sewing machine, getting quilted. I took a picture, but am saving that for tomorrow *VBS* ! Happy Block Party Everyone!
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13 comments:

Libby said...

How fun to have a neighborhood party - a great way to get to know everyone around you *s*

Carin said...

I love neighborhood parties! Love the Barbie quilt!

Michele's Quilting Journey said...

Fabulous block parties all the way around! I'm a bit partial to the sounds of the private party at your house.

Now, I heard rumors about stripping ;) and cut-ups :) and all sorts of goings on...

Nothing drab about you and your parties! You get a sniff of those fabric pherenomes and you're a quilter gone wild!

Love your blocks, great party!

True Blue Nana said...

Neighborhood parties are so fun. I love your fun fabrics that look like disappearing nine patch. I can't figure out how you did them if you didn't do them that way.

Dolores said...

Still keeping busy with colour and fabric. Very nice.

scrappy quilter said...

Love that you had a block party. I really like how your strippy quilt is with the light in the middle and dark on the outside. Great effect!! Hugs.

Frog Quilter said...

Cute quilt, nice soft gentle colors.

Frog Quilter said...

Cute quilt, nice soft gentle colors.

Granny Lyn said...

I would love a block party! why didn't I think of that?

I also love the scrappy goodness of those blocks! what fun fabrics!

Meggie said...

Wow, some great progress in the blocks there! Good looking combinations, lovely bright colours.

Cher said...

aren't you having fun with all sorts of great quilty ideas. I don't even remember that fabric now that I sent you! However, I keep special containers from friends and when I play with those, I will be able to say the same thing-made from fabric given to me by a dear friend.
glad you enjoyed your block party despite the weather!

belinda said...

Neighborhood parties are a great idea!! Your past few post have been soooo colorful and inspiring.....you have been being so productive!!

Jordan Hill said...

That string block is like the one that I just posted a tutorial to on my blog! (www.thescrapbox-jordannichole.blogspot.com)
I love how yours turned out and I hope you will check mine out too!